Fri, 5 June 2020
Will Andre-Louis help to bring justice for the murder of a poor peasant? Raphael Sabatini, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
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Next Friday, we’ll find out if The Hunchback of Notre Dame wins an Independent Audiobook Award. The awards ceremony is being held remotely. I’m up against some of the best voices in the business, so the likelihood of winning is slim. But it’s been an honor to be a finalist for this prestigious award.
Okay, so we have a fair bit of Scaramouche ahead of us. I hope you’re ready for this!
First, I’d like to thank Annie from the Join Us In France podcast for helping with the pronunciation of the French names and phrases in Scaramouche. If you’re interested in France at all, check out her show. It’s fantastic.
The French Revolution. A time when the people had had enough of the corruption of the powerful people at the top, and tore it all down. We are at a similar point right now. The injustice and corruption around us is maddening, and things need to change.
Andre-Louis, the protagonist in our story, goes through a very dramatic character arc. He begins as we see him today – basking in his lawyerly privilege - not caring about the murder of a lowly gamekeeper, or the corrupt laws that make such a vile deed legal. He becomes a mouthpiece for change.
It’s kind of disheartening that this story is so timely. You’d think that we would have figured this out by now. But for this summer, let’s enjoy the story of a privileged man who gave up his comfort for the greater good.
And now, Scaramouche, Part 1 of 12, by Raphael Sabatini